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1291  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 10:52:50 PM
I'm not very literate at all, but I liked FFXIII's story. It was presented well, with a cast of  characters I actually cared about (a first for the entire series) and I felt were well developed, was very focused, and managed to get across its themes and messeges to someone as thick as me without feeling like it's being hammered into my head. Maybe it needed some work on the finer details, but at least on the surface it's very well done. If you really want an example of a godawful story, just take a look at XIII-2. Even I could write a book on how bad that story is. =P
1292  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 06:14:21 PM
XIII 1 and 2 I can see with that, but...Type-0 and Versus XIII both have their own settings that are seperate from XIII's. I don't think Type-0 is even in the same universe.
1293  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 05:43:54 PM
Stylistically the games are too similar to be considered 'different' entries.

As an example, Final Fantasy X was inspired by Southeast Asian locations and mythology. Final Fantasy XII was inspired by European politics and history. Final Fantasy XIII ... well... all the games have very similar roots and thus aren't as diversified. For those who like the direction FFXIII heads in, that's fine. For those of us that don't, it's somewhat stagnant.

But what about Final Fantasy 1-6, 9, 11, and 14? Those have very similar styles and inspirations. I wasn't aware completely different styles was an FF staple. I thought it was just something that those games you mentioned happened to do.

..and that's even assuming you're right about the FNC games all having the same inspiration, which I honestly don't think is the case.
1294  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: So I just played TERA... with screenshots. ***Bandwidth Intensive*** on: April 06, 2012, 03:12:17 PM
Yo, I used the bottom code.
1295  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: phantasy star online 2 on: April 06, 2012, 01:47:36 PM
Honestly, if they didn't expand much on the PSO model it'd be a bit of a ripoff for it to be a P2P game, especially considering the kind of support Sega tends to provide.

...you do have a point there. I was kinda hoping for a game with a big world to explore, but that's not something the first two games even bothered doing. PSO's always been more action than exploration.
1296  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 01:39:32 PM
Truth be told, I'm kind of waiting for this whole crystalsomethigarather saga to fizzle out. The thing about the FF series is that each iteration is different than the last, and that quality has never been more appealing than it is now.

...but how is this any different? Outside of the basic combat and some repeating environment, and some character cameos, XIII-2 is a very different game from XIII, and Type-0 and Versus XIII have very little to do with eachother and the rest of the Fabula Nova Crystallis. Outside of being under a label, it seems to me like nothing has changed.
1297  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 06, 2012, 12:28:43 PM
The environments have some pretty low-res textures to them, actually, and as Robert mentioned, they do a lot of tricks to make the graphics seem better than they are. There are plenty of games on the Wii that look better than Xenoblade Chronicles, IMO, especially games from Nintendo. Yes, the environments are big but the graphics took a hit for it. I do like the art style, though.
1298  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 05, 2012, 06:44:04 PM
@Maxximum - Sounds like the two would even themselves out, so I'd say it was decent guage. :P

Kind of ironic that this became GS exclusive when the original push used Amazon as a foundation.

I still believe those Amazon pre-orders did jack squat, or at most convinced Nintendo to make it Gamestop exclusive so people wouldn't think it did anything. <_<
1299  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 05, 2012, 03:31:02 PM
I spent over ten hours running around colony 9 and...The next area is even BIGGER.

You sir have officially made my day. :D
1300  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 04, 2012, 09:08:41 PM
Oh, I thought you were talking about in-game items.
1301  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 04, 2012, 07:57:28 PM
What novels?
1302  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: April 02, 2012, 11:26:34 PM
At least your guys moved, which is more than I can say for Earthbound. Practically nothing happens on-screen in that game. Any little thing would've been acceptable. You're telling me they were so strapped for memory that they couldn't have added little sprites for when your guys do stuff at least? I don't believe it, not for a second.
1303  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: April 02, 2012, 08:51:55 PM
Well, we got 3+ pages of Earthbound talk, guess I'll pitch in, too.

When people talk about Earthbound's bad graphics, I always think they're talking about Earthbound's practically nonexistant battle animations. I mean really, every other part of the game oozes with personality, so why not the animations? Instead, they just give us stuff that most NES games put to shame. There's really no excuse for it.
1304  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zeboyd's made it big: Penny Arcade Episode 3 on: April 02, 2012, 02:25:06 PM
I just hope they come up with a funny explanation as to why everything's all pixelly now.:P
1305  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Monster World Collection coming to XBLA (and PSN?). Rumor: SoA/Shenmue PSN/XBLA on: March 31, 2012, 04:31:58 PM
What a coincidence, it has all the Monster World games I'm missing. Now I'm ghlad I didn't pick them up on the VC. =)
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